Thu. Feb 22nd, 2024

Syrian Kurd set ablaze outside U.N. refugee agency

UNHCR Headquarters (Credits: Google Images, UNHCR)

A Syrian Kurdish man in his 30s set himself ablaze outside the United Nations evacuee firm headquarters in Geneva on Wednesday and was quickly airlifted to medical facility after the fires were snuffed out, police claimed.

The man, that lives in Germany, was transported by helicopter to the specialized burns unit at the university hospital in Lausanne where he is getting treatment, Geneva cops representative Silvain Guillaume-Gentil claimed. Given his state, it was difficult to ask him concerning his motive, however the hospital pictures that it was the political situation.

Turkish forces introduced a strategy into North Syria on Oct 9 to drive Kurdish militia away from the border area. Russia as well as Turkey got to an accord on Tuesday calling for the withdrawal of Syrian Kurdish YPG pressures from the entire length of Syria’s northeastern frontier with Turkey.

“We are saddened and shocked (about) an incident of self-immolation that happened in front of our Geneva headquarters this morning,” said Andrej Mahecic, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The man had set himself ablaze and then tried to go into the UNHCR building yet security and medical stepped in and the fire was put out.

The UNHCR structure is located across the street from a shelter for asylum-seekers, including Syrian Kurds.

Bystanders saw the flames and also the security agents from the building rushing. Few minutes in, police and medical assistance arrived.

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